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Get Request Parameter in Servlet

With this tutorial we shall show you how to get request parameter in a Java Servlet. This the most basic step you have to consider when developing a Servelt application because HTTP is based mostly on parameters exchange. You will find this example particularly useful when you want to get the value of known parameter.

Basically in order to get Request Parameter in Servlet, one should take the following steps:

  • Create a handleRequest method so you can use it both in doGet and doPost methods.
  • Use HttpServletRequest.getParameterValues(paramName) to get the parameters values.
Let’s see the simple code snippets that follow:
package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.enterprise;

import java.io.IOException;
import java.io.PrintWriter;

import javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest;
import javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse;

public class GetRequestParameterInServlet extends HttpServlet {

	private static final long serialVersionUID = -2128122335811219481L;

	public void doGet(HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse res) throws IOException {
		handleRequest(req, res);

	public void doPost(HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse res) throws IOException {
		handleRequest(req, res);

	public void handleRequest(HttpServletRequest req, HttpServletResponse res) throws IOException {

		PrintWriter out = res.getWriter();

		String paramName = "myparam";
		String paramValue = req.getParameter(paramName);

		out.write(" = ");

		paramName = "UNKNOWN";
		paramValue = req.getParameter(paramName);

		if (paramValue==null) {
			out.write("Parameter " + paramName + " not found");





<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<web-app xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"
  xmlns="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee" xmlns:web="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/web-app_2_5.xsd"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee http://java.sun.com/xml/ns/javaee/web-app_2_5.xsd"

	<display-name>JCG Snippets Web Project</display-name>

		<servlet-name>JCG Snippets Application</servlet-name>

		<servlet-name>JCG Snippets Application</servlet-name>





myparam = paramvalue
Parameter UNKNOWN not found

This was an example on how to get Request Parameter in Servlet.

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4 years ago

when I was type parameter in URL
this is an error occurred
The origin server did not find a current representation for the target resource or is not willing to disclose that one exists.